Patient Safety

I Save That Line

The US-based Association for Vascular Access (AVIA) started a campaign in 2006 to bring principles of vascular access device management to the bedside. The campaign used the acronym ISAVE: I Implement insertion care and maintenance bundles S Scrupulous hand hygiene A Always disinfect every needle-less connector V Vein Preservation E Ensure Patency   AVIA now have a 1-page, freely downloadable guide for patients and families, using the same acronym: The Association encourages sharing and distribution of this resource in facilities, on social media platforms, with patients and families, provided it is not amended without their [...]


From Cape Town to the world; the continuing journey to patient safety

  Red Cross Children’s Hospital I graduated from Wits Medical School 40 years ago and completed my paediatric training at the Red Cross Children’s hospital and at UCT.  As I celebrate the anniversary of my graduation I would also like to reflect on what I knew then about patient safety as opposed to what we know now. (more…)


2 Billion Peripheral IV Catheters – and Most Of Them Fail!

Globally, 2 billion peripheral IV catheters (PIVCs) are placed each year. Most patients admitted to hospital for treatment require one. Surprisingly, 50% or more[1-4] have their PIVC removed because it stops working (becomes dislodged or occluded) or because of a complication, such as infiltration, phlebitis or infection. (more…)